“I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.”
― Virginia Woolf
Well, I must be getting older because this year I’ve officially converted from an Autumn-is-best mindset to an I-adore-Spring one! Perhaps it’s because we had such a long winter this year. And I’m fickle, so it’s possible when autumn does come, I’ll flip-flop and change my loyalties again. But right now, having just potted three flats of cheery annuals, moved half a dozen rose bushes to a newly tilled flowerbed, and set out our freshly painted patio furniture on our freshly painted deck (complete with market umbrella so I can work on the deck!) I am a very happy camper.
I’m not a patient enough person to wait for seeds to sprout, but there is something so satisfying about buying tiny plants at a flat sale, and then watching them fill the pots over the course of the summer. Every single year we remind ourselves that we bought too many last year. And every single year, we buy too many again. Can you ever have too much coleus? Too many begonias? I don’t think so. But once we’d filled all the pots we’d planned to fill, we still had a flat and a half left to go. So we dragged out more pots and filled those too. And come June, when blue and pink petunias are spilling over the sides, and coleus’s vibrant colors are catching the sun, I know we won’t be sorry.
What is your favorite thing to plant every spring? Are you more of a flowerpot gardener, or do you grow perennials? Or better yet, veggies?
Several of this blog’s writers have shared their gardens on my Novel Garden blog. For a little preview of spring, click HERE to see more than seventy novelists’ garden spots.